Uganda: Over 30,000 prisoners at risk of starving to death

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Uganda's Daily Monitor says "an estimated 34,000 prisoners countrywide may starve to death this financial year" if the government fails to mobilise just over US$9 million to feed them. It says food and health care are seriously under-funded.

The Kampala Declaration on Prison Conditions in Africa, signed in 1996 by 40 African governments, said most African prisons were overcrowded; they were often a breeding ground for disease, including HIV/AIDS and TB, and in many countries prisoners depended on family and charities to provide basics such as food.
Source: IRIN (Reuters)